WHAT I have said in the last chapter applies as well to the professional man and
the wage-earner as to the man who is engaged in mercantile business.
No matter whether you are a physician, a teacher, or a clergyman, if you can give
increase of life to others and make them sensible of the fact, they will be attracted
to you, and you will get rich. The physician who holds the vision of himself as a
great and successful healer, and who works toward the complete realization of
that vision with faith and purpose, as described in former chapters, will come into
such close touch with the Source of Life that he will be phenomenally successful;
patients will come to him in throngs.
No one has a greater opportunity to carry into effect the teaching of this book than
the practitioner of medicine; it does not matter to which of the various schools
he may belong, for the principle of healing is common to all of them, and maybe
reached by all alike. The Advancing Man in medicine, who holds to a clear men-
tal image of himself as successful, and who obeys the laws of faith, purpose, and
gratitude, will cure every curable case he undertakes, no matter what remedies
he may use.
In the field of religion, the world cries out for the clergyman who can teach his
hearers the true science of abundant life. He who masters the details of the sci-
ence of getting rich, together with the allied sciences of being well, of being great,
and of winning love, and who teaches these details from the pulpit, will never lack
for a congregation. This is the gospel that the world needs; it will give increase
of life, and men will hear it gladly, and will give liberal support to the man who
brings it to them.
What is now needed is a demonstration of the science of life from the pulpit. We
want preachers who can not only tell us how, but who in their own persons will
show us how. We need the preacher who will himself be rich, healthy, great, and
beloved, to teach us how to attain to these things; and when he comes he will find
a numerous and loyal following.
The same is true of the teacher who can inspire the children with the faith and
purpose of the advancing life. He will never be „out of a job.” And any teacher
who has this faith and purpose can give it to his pupils; he cannot help giving it to
them if it is part of his own life and practice.
What is true of the teacher, preacher, and physician is true of the lawyer, dentist,
real estate man, insurance agent—of everybody.
The combined mental and personal action I have described is infallible; it cannot
fail. Every man and woman who follows these instructions steadily, perseveringly,
and to the letter, will get rich. The law of the Increase of Life is as mathematically
certain in its operation as the law of gravitation; getting rich is an exact science.
The wage-earner will find this as true of his case as of any of the others men-
tioned. Do not feel that you have no chance to get rich because you are working
where there is no visible opportunity for advancement, where wages are small
and the cost of living high. Form your clear mental vision of what you want, and
begin to act with faith and purpose.
Do all the work you can do, every day, and do each piece of work in a perfectly
successful manner; put the power of success, and the purpose to get rich, into
everything that you do.
But do not do this merely with the idea of currying favor with your employer, in
the hope that he, or those above you, will see your good work and advance you; it
is not likely that they will do so.
The man who is merely a „good” workman, filling his place to the very best of his
ability, and satisfied with that, is valuable to his employer; and it is not to the em-
ployer’s interest to promote him; he is worth more where he is.
To secure advancement, something more is necessary than to be too large for
The man who is certain to advance is the one who is too big for his place, and who
has a clear concept of what he wants to be; who knows that he can become what
he wants to be and who is determined to BE what he wants to be.
Do not try to more than fill your present place with a view to pleasing your em-
ployer; do it with the idea of advancing yourself. Hold the faith and purpose of
increase during work hours, after work hours, and before work hours. Hold it in
such a way that every person who comes in contact with you, whether foreman,
fellow workman, or social acquaintance, will feel the power of purpose radiating
from you; so that every one will get the sense of advancement and increase from
you. Men will be attracted to you, and if there is no possibility for advancement in
your present job, you will very soon see an opportunity to take another job.
There is a Power which never fails to present opportunity to the Advancing Man
who is moving in obedience to law.
God cannot help helping you, if you act in a Certain Way; He must do so in order
to help Himself.
There is nothing in your circumstances or in the industrial situation that can keep
you down. If you cannot get rich working for the steel trust, you can get rich on
a ten-acre farm; and if you begin to move in the Certain Way, you will certainly
escape from the „clutches” of the steel trust and get on to the farm or wherever
else you wish to be.
If a few thousands of its employees would enter upon the Certain Way, the steel
trust would soon be in a bad plight; it would have to give its workingmen more
opportunity, or go out of business. Nobody has to work for a trust; the trusts can
keep men in so called hopeless conditions only so long as there are men who are
too ignorant to know of the science of getting rich, or too intellectually slothful to
Begin this way of thinking and acting, and your faith and purpose will make you
quick to see any opportunity to better your condition.
Such opportunities will speedily come, for the Supreme, working in All, and work-
ing for you, will bring them before you.
Do not wait for an opportunity to be all that you want to be; when an opportunity
to be more than you are now is presented and you feel impelled toward it, take it.
It will be the first step toward a greater opportunity.
There is no such thing possible in this universe as a lack of opportunities for the
man who is living the advancing life.
It is inherent in the constitution of the cosmos that all things shall be for him and
work together for his good; and he must certainly get rich if he acts and thinks in
the Certain Way. So let wage-earning men and women study this book with great
care, and enter with confidence upon the course of action it prescribes; it will not